Sport in Brief

Early retirement

Lawrence Dalaglio, England rugby captain since Martin Johnson’s retirement, has ended his international career on 73 caps. The Wasps No.8 will concentrate on the club championship. World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward joined him in resigning, this time under acrimonious circumstances, claiming he was not allowed to do his job properly. He still intends to lead the Lions Tour to New Zealand next summer, despite having his resignation accepted by the RFU, and has ruled out a move into football management until that time.

Seeing the light

Scotland ended their disastrous run of international defeats after playing against Spain. In a friendly in Valencia, a first half own goal put Berti Vogts’ men ahead before Raul equalised from the penalty spot. A subsequent floodlight failure ended

the game prematurely after 60 minutes.

Olympic postscripts

CORNELIUS HORAN, the defrocked and deranged Irish priest who attacked Brazilian marathon bronze medallist Vanderlei Lima, has been sentenced to one year in prison (suspended) and fined 3,000 euros.

Gianna Angelopoulis, Head of the Athens Olympic Organisational Committee and famed for her ‘hot’ parties, is to stand for the Greek Presidency.

The Games sold 3,581,080 tickets, saw 11,099 athletes compete, were subjected to 3,500 anti-doping controls, of which 25 proved positive, and exceeded previous television viewing figures for Sydney 2000 by 20 per cent.